Witt/Kieffer has announced the hire of C.J. Bolster as Managing Director of Global Operations. Bolster will be responsible for driving the firm’s growth and expansion in international markets.
Currently based in London, Bolster has over 30 years of experience as a highly regarded senior executive in management consulting and executive search, working with governing boards and leadership teams on performance and talent development, executive and board compensation, organizational design and succession planning.
“Witt/Kieffer’s global operations are a key to our firm's future. Having a strong, strategic executive like C.J. in this new role will ensure our continued growth in order to provide clients worldwide with executive recruiting and leadership services,” said Andrew Chastain, President and CEO of Witt/Kieffer. “C.J. brings unmatched expertise and insight into executive talent and leadership issues that will benefit our entire firm.”
Prior to Witt/Kieffer, Bolster was Managing Director at Korn Ferry, overseeing operations of advisory services and the integration of Korn Ferry’s acquisition of Hay Group in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Prior to his work in EMEA, he held progressive leadership roles in Hay Group as Head of the US, Head of Industries (Healthcare, Life Sciences and Retail), and Head of Healthcare. In his early career, Bolster was a senior manager with KPMG Peat Marwick and Consultant and Director of Business Development for Medicus Systems Inc. in Chicago. “I’m excited to be part of Witt/Kieffer’s expansion into the international market,” said Bolster. “Executive recruiting in our core industries – life sciences, healthcare and education – is increasingly global, and I look forward to supporting our clients’ talent requirements wherever they may be.” Bolster is a nationally recognized leadership expert and has published articles in Hospitals & Health Networks, Bloomberg Businessweek, and Trustee Magazine, among others. In addition to having been an elected member of the Hay Group Board, he has served on several governing boards including Vice Chair of Theatrical Outfit, a leading regional theatre in Atlanta, and Chair of the Atlanta Hospital Hospitality House Board. Bolster is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors. He holds a B.S and a Masters of Engineering in Management Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.